Saturday, February 12, 2011

Another Folk/Contemporary Classical Mash-Up

In a New York Times review of a concert that heavily featured hot young composer Nico Muhly, Zachary Woolfe writes,
In “Jerusalem,” he and the quietly charismatic folk singer and songwriter Sam Amidon adapted an eerily ecstatic 18th-century hymn. Once or twice Mr. Amidon vocalized on “da” for a few beats instead of singing words, and the accompaniment was jittery and changeable. It was as if singer and players were improvising, about to go off the rails, and it worked perfectly.

[It] was the only piece that felt consistently inspired, truly surprising.
That was a great paragraph because I had no idea how it was going to end -- that last word could have been "perfectly" or "terribly"; I didn't know which way it would go.

Two years ago here on Sound of Blackbirds, we provided a link to a cool Sam Amidon video.

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